Scripture for Today – May 9, 2007 – Word and Spirit

Dear Friend,

We have been looking at various passages about the Word of God and its centrality in our lives as believers. Indeed, it was and is this saving Word that was so instrumental in our coming to faith in the first place. For how can we believe if we do not hear? And how can we hear if no one speaks the Word to us? I can go back in my memory and remember those who first spoke the Word to me – my sister Mary Johnson, John Yates, Billy Peebles, Calvin Marshall, and writers CS Lewis, JI Packer, Francis Schaeffer, and John Stott. As for those who spoke directly and in person to me, well, their words to me were backed up by love for me and by lives that seemed somehow different– and the love and the lives gave them added credibility to me. And it gave me confidence and motivation to read the books they placed into my hands. The point is, somewhere along the way, someone had to share the Word of truth with me. Oh yes, it was and is the Holy Spirit that makes the Word “alive.” But the Spirit needs the Word in order to illuminate our hearts and minds. Spirit and Word work together.

We know that God has no grandchildren. So the Word must be shared afresh each generation. We may be encouraged that God intends to continue to make alive His word until the Lord returns. And we who have been enlightened by the Spirit and the Word must now be his agents in a world which is broken and torn asunder. We can bew so with confidence, knowing that the Spirit who blows where He will, will illuminate hearts and minds as He wills – if we are obedient to share the word of truth. So, let us love. Let us strive to grow in good works that exhibit the change that has taken place in us. And let us not forget to share the Word when opportunity arises. If we do not, can we know for sure that someone else will? I give you Romans 1:16-17 and Romans 10:8-17.

 

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

In Christ,

Joel

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